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Word of the Day: Dazzle

Aug 24, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

daz-zle / ˈdazəl
1.      to cause to lose vision momentarily, typically due to looking at a bright light
Light, when suddenly let in, dazzles and hurts and almost blinds us: but this soon passes away, and it seems to become the only element we can exist in.
Augustus William Hare, 1792-1834
2.      to astonish or impress greatly
If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull.
W. C. Fields, 1880-1946
3.      to shine brilliantly
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind.
Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886
1.      an act or instance of shining brilliantly
You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment in your life.
from ‘Leaves of Grass’ by Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

Thank you for including the Dictionary Project in the good work you do in your club.  In my club, we have provided Dictionaries for third-grade students for enough years that now we are having former students help us to present dictionaries each year.  They are often returning to the same classrooms that they were third-grade students.  Teachers plead every year for us to NEVER quit this valuable project.  They tell us that students NEED paper books to learn to read, to learn to do research and to do independent study.  Please send me pictures of your presentations and tell me about your visits to the schools to give dictionaries to the students. To be included in our newsletter you can send me your stories at

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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